Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers often see medical malpractice cases arising from patients falling out of bed, while walking to the bathroom or through the facililty, or even being dropped by staff during transfers. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 1,800 nursing home patients each year in the United States die from falls. They also suffer serious orthopedic injuries, like fractured bones and broken hips.
The reasons for this falls are often obvious. Elderly patients are much more frail and have difficulty walking by themeselves. They also can be disoriented due to their medical condition or from certain medications. Other hazards include wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs.
Nursing homes and their staffs are trained to prevent fall injuries. Unfortunately, many times they are negligent in supervising patients, assisting with transfers, or even being available for a patient who calls from bed and needs to use a bathroom. The patient may feel ignored and attempt to get out of bed without assistance, often leading to a fall.
Patients who suffer injuries due to falls in nursing homes do have legal rights. The patient, or most typically a concerned family member, should contact our firm after a fall accident to investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented by the facility or the staff and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the patient does not always the ability to remember or describe the incident.
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